Women Who Inspire – Dianna Funnell
Dianna Funnell is one of our favourite women in wine in Edmonton. We loved her little wine bar, Bibo, and miss the intimate space. Dianna is now at Sherbrooke Liquor, she is the Customer Service Manager and wine buyer. She shares her wine tasting experiences and writes beautiful Wine Haikus on her blog The Dirt on Wine.
Tell us about yourself
Where do you work, and what is your role? Wine Buyer/ Front of House Manager at Sherbrooke Liquor
Where did you start your career? Ron Funnell Wine & Spirits/Pacific Wine & Spirits when they were owned by my family
What attracted you to the wine business? Family connection – grew up in the biz.
What was your first wine roll? Manager Ron Funnell Wine & Spirits Ltd.
What are you working on now that really excites you? Working on some super secret projects at Sherbrooke!
There are many courses currently available to wine professionals, where would you recommend someone interested start? I always suggest people buy The Oxford Companion to Wine.
What is your advice for women interested in a career in the wine industry? Read The Oxford Companion to Wine and buy a bottle from each region or varietal you’re reading about
Who is a women role model, inspiration for you? Anne Hartley – ex LCBO Head Buyer
What wine book/publication do you refer to the most? See above
Do you have a favorite style of wine? No
Do you have a favourite grape? No
What is your desert Island wine? Good bubbles
What is your favourite wine region to travel in? Not sure yet
What was your most memorable winery experience? Training for two weeks at Bouchard Pere & Fils and living at the Chateau de Beaune.
What region do you want to visit that you haven’t? Spain & Portugal
Where are you off to next? Maybe Spain!
Read the first in our series- Margaux Burgess.
Is there a women who inspires you? Send us a note at email@example.com, we want to hear from you!
~Yours in Wine, Sasha